Jacob Morgan is an accomplished speaker and business leadership expert and trainer. I The Future Leader he outlines principles and mindsets that will serve anyone interested in becoming a good leader in their organization. The differences between supervisors/managers and leaders is explored and tips for navigating an ever-changing work landscape is discussed.
The first part of the book is very enlightening as it discusses why many become frustrated with their jobs. It really hit home and gave me a new perspective on my current job that should serve me well going forward as I look for ways to improve and move up in the organization. Some simple insights worked as a powerful catalyst in changing the way I think about the work I do.
If that's all this book did, I would have been very happy with this purchase. However, Mr. Morgan continues and discusses many aspects of what will be required to be successful in the future, how to build strong and loyal employees, and how to be a better trainer and leader and not just a manager (or worse, a micromanager).
He draws on experiences of top business leaders and provides clear examples that are helpful and applicable to just about anyone. Like many books, a lot of it appears to be feel-good anecdotal stories that are hard to apply in real-life. However, Mr. Morgan quickly moves beyond that and gives solid, implementable practices. The stories bolster the principles rather than having the stories stand alone as some kind of amorphous, unattainable, philosophical guidepost.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book. It will prove useful to just about anyone interested in leadership of any kind and will help change your perspective on your life and the role work plays in it.